Hi everyone! I just arrived at GSA Network as the coordinator for the Make It Better Project. I’m so excited that, in my very first week, the White House held a summit to address bullying – with a focus on LGBT youth leaders, like our very own GSA Network Board Member and summit attendee Kimiko Nishitsuji! She’ll fill us in later with her own report, but for those impatient to make it better NOW, I wanted to give a quick (livestream) recap.
The day before Valentine's Day this year, I attended a benefit for Lyon Martin Health Services with my partner at Million Fishes Collective in San Francisco. We thought, what a better way to celebrate love than to be surrounded with our LGBTQ community and to be in service to a cause that makes sure all of our LGBTQ family has access to culturally competent healthcare.
As my mother and I drove through the southern end of San Francisco along a congested Interstate 280, we gathered our thoughts for the oncoming forty minutes. She and I were to record my coming out story and story of my activism for StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”
GSA Network is proud to co-sponsor National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we encourage GSAs to participate!
Over 70 GSA activists, GSA advisors, and allies came together at GSA Network's Long Beach/South Bay GSA Leadership Summit, held at Long Beach City College on Saturday, January 22, 2011, to gain new skills, learn their legal rights, make new friendships, and help build a stronger GSA movement in Long Beach and the South Bay of Los Angeles County.
Like many people, I thought I knew all that happened during the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, I went to a school named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Experimental Laboratory School from kindergarten through eighth grade! I was taught about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and a tiny bit about Malcolm X. I thought I knew it all!
GSA Network supports the DREAM Act, which has a chance to get passed in Congress right now, and President Obama has pledged to sign it. The DREAM Act passed the House on Wednesday, December 8th and now it faces passage in the Senate. This legislation would enable undocumented youth who grew up in the U.S. to access college and citizenship. Call Congress today to tell them you support the DREAM Act. Call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators' office.
This past weekend, two GSA Network youth leaders and two of our staff attended the annual Statewide Gathering for the Campaign for Quality Education to strategize about our goals for education justice in California in the coming year. GSA Network has been a proud member of the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) for the past two years. The weekend gathering re-energized us in our work for education justice for LGBTQ youth and communities of color and low-income communities across California.